Saturday, 8 October 2011

Swinging with a star - Marlene Dietrich

Today we swing into the weekend with a lady - acting and dressed like no lady would in public..

It's my beloved Marlene Dietrich (yeah.. ok - we had our tough times, too) - in her break through appearance as Lola Lola in THE BLUE ANGEL (1930).

And because I am not able to embed the video - you get the link to the song THEY CALL ME NAUGHTY LOLA she is singing in this film.

I give you the German version:

ICH BIN DIE FESCHE LOLA (<- here's the link)

- just by the way: the literal translation would be "I am the jaunty Lola"..

Have a picture of the scene here:

Director Josef von Sternberg put her in front of some more chubby ladies so she would appear a bit more slender..

It was some time before she got through her "Hollywood treatment"..

I for one think she was quite cute..

Have a nice weekend - no matter how you're build and what language you're speaking!

Yours (very well and) truly



  1. How awesome Irene! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

  2. I haven't seen a whole lot of Marelene's work. I DO think she was fabulous in "Witness for the Prosecution." Brilliant, really.

    And about 3 weeks ago, I saw her in "The Lady Is Willing," with Fred MacMurray. Oh, what an adorable little film. I dont' think I've ever seen her as lovely as she was there.

    I know I've seen a few other of her movies, but I can't think of them off the top of my head.

  3. You're welcome, Monty. Glad you like it.

    Patti: Glad you like some things you saw of her - I would have guessed you would know her works with Gary Cooper..

  4. She was pretty "evil" as Lola.

    For me an interesting - if a bit sad - thing is happening. I was completely taken and fascinated with Dietrich more so than any other female figure of her time - I speak in terms of the awe inspired by the beauty, charisma, stance that emanate from her photographs. Yet now that I've watched a few of her films, all that is wearing off. Perhaps I'll be able to regain it one day, I don't know...

  5. Sorry to hear that garofit! That's awful! Hope you'll really regain it one day!

  6. I loved her in the film, Morocco. Where she played a female sutler, following 'her man' into the desert, in her bare feet.. I cry, everytime I watch that scene.

  7. Oh - I love MOROCCO, Dawn! Glad you do, too!


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